Lab Week #2 – Movement at the Individual, Squad, and Platoon Level

CDT Furgal demonstrates one of the hand motions utilized during tactical lanes to his sqaud. Next to him is CDT Kelly, his assistant instructor for the lab.

The military uses a three-phase approach to teaching.  First, the crawl phase, where initial instruction is given and learners first attempt the task being taught.  Next is the walk phase, where learners practice their newfound skill and try to apply it to a real world scenario.  Last is the run phase, where learners utilize the skill in a tactical training environment.

This week, cadets used all three.

For its weekly Military Science lab, Seneca Battalion learned Individual Movement Techniques, or IMT’s. The IMT’s are the basic movements that all soldiers learn when they begin tactical training.  Even the simplest thing, such as moving as a unit through an open field versus a dense forest, has necessary techniques that all soldiers need to learn.  Cadets split into squads and were each taught the basics of battle such as the high crawl, low crawl, and buddy team rush before learning the higher level squad movement formations and then platoon level formations.

Each squad was instructed by a pair of MS III cadets.  After every skill was taught, the squads would practice each event in pairs or as a whole squad.  Once all of the skills were taught instructors had the squads quickly make the formations covered in the lab, having individual members swap positons to ensure everyone retained the knowledge they had learned.

The lab lasted roughly two hours, with cadets spending nearly all of that time in the field.

As always, if you have any questions or interest in ROTC, please contact Mr. Jared Kausner, Recruiting Operations Officer at or Brian Machina, Cadet Recruiting Officer at (518) 928-2512.


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